Introduction
Caribbean beauty competitions in context
in Imagining Caribbean womanhood
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book provides a cultural history of Caribbean beauty competitions in the Anglophone Caribbean and in London. It examines the significance of the performances on the beauty contest stage. The book reveals that the work of the beauty competition was to help to bring subjectivity, the body and citizen into being, as these countries emerged from colonialism. It explores the serviceability of the concept of hybridity within the different nationalist projects of the mid-twentieth century in Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados. It considers the 'Miss Jamaica' contest as a vehicle for elitist white-creole nationalism in resistance to the unfolding drama of labour rebellion and cultural awakening of brown and black people.

Imagining Caribbean womanhood

Race, nation and beauty contests, 1929–70

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